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It’s December 5, 2012 and it seems like it was just yesterday that it was the first week of March, 2010 and I didn’t have cancer and the Real Estate industry…which really includes more than us licensed Real Estate folk but includes(ed) homeowners, too…as still reeling from the bubble bursting in 2008 and I was feeling fortunate to be in Northern Colorado and somewhat insulated from the “horrors” that were blighting the rest of the country.

And then I got diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma (a.k.a. bone marrow cancer) and started this (cuz I’m still on it) getting remissioned adventure and the whole landscape of my personal life and my Real Estate life changed.

And now it’s dang near 2013 and although I’ve pretty much have my personal/medical stuff under control I’m just now getting way serious about getting my Real Estate life lassoed and re-setting about making  living.

Probably the two biggest “things” in doing that are a) becoming a true Buyer Broker which means that I am going to work strictly with Buyers and in doing so slide back under the/my umbrella of, HELPING PEOPLE LIVE INDOORS which has been my moniker/slogan for many years. That doesn’t mean I won’t assist Sellers because I will but just not in being the Listing Broker. What I’m doing is referring Sellers to those Brokers both in and out of RE/MAX Advanced and in and out of Fort Collins by introducing them Seller to a Broker who can best represent them in the market in which the property they need to get sold lies. So, don’t ignore me please if you or someone you know has a property that needs to get sold! And then b) there’s Mary Hammer. Mary is interning with me and is all those things that I wish I could be really good at…for instance, I have basically turned over my website http//www.LivingIndoors.com  to her for managing and contenting {that’s a Tippettspeak word}…so please check it out and if you have any comments or suggestions please let either one of us know! Mary is a CSU student and has been fascinated with Real Estate since she was 6 years old! Yep, it’s true. her short term goal in the  grand scheme* of things is to be a Real Estate Broker right here at RE/MAX Advanced and we’ll see what that looks like when the time comes.

Anywho, gotta run and see if’n I can find an appropriate article for my other blog.

*more Tippettspeak

 

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What is Mary’s Corner?

Gee, I glad you asked especially because it’s not up and running, but “Mary’s Corner” will be her blog chronicling her experiences in becoming a Real Estate Broker, which has been her desire since she was 6, yes six.

I’m pretty much gonna give her license to blog what she shall blog and I’m kinda sorta excited to see what she’s gonna do with it.

I have been beyond more than happy that the Universe saw fit to have her respond to my querie for an intern.

Yep, that be true.

 

 

Real Estate Lives!!!

Yep, Real Estate continues to live!

I don’t know your political leanings, but it’s no big secret about mine. It’s genetic and there’s nothing I can do about it. Both my parents were Democrats and were involved in politics for as long as I can remember…but that’s my life and leanings and I’m glad we have a two party system…I really am.

Anywho, my headline “Real Estate Lives”. Should Mr. Romney have been elected and carried through with many of his “scorched earth” (‘scuse me…the ghost of either my mom or my dad or my aunt Rosemary made me say that) policies the entire sociological landscape of the United States would have changed. For our purposes, well mine but yours too if you own a home or more importantly were going to buy a home, should he have struck poison pen to paper and eliminated the home  deduction as we now have it my life and quite possibly yours would have been waaaaaay different.

Mine because a huge…no, make that HUGE…number of peoples would not have been able to purchase a home which plays a major role in the American Dream.

     As many, well most or at least some of you know I am returning to one of my true passions, Helping People Live Indoors after a nearly 3 (yep, three) year adventure with the cancer thing, and boy {or man, or girl, or woman, or girl} have things changed. Technology being the main thing. This is still a people business and I don’t expect to sell homes without ever meeting my clients or customers [and there is a difference, just ask me] in person, but the way we gather and/or glean information has changed and I have no doubt will continue to change. And being well on the north side of 50 I was born without a technology gland. I know just enough to be dangerous but attempting certain things makes me apoplectic, whatever that means.

     And then along came Mary.

     Mary is a CSU student and being well in the south side of 50 she was born with a technology gland.

     A while back I began searching, with the help of Fran {a.k.a. Boss Lady extraordinaire} and Madi {pronounce Maudi…I had an aunt Maude. I’ll have to ask my siblings if’n they remember her} and made a post on/in the CSU internet want ads thing throwing out feelers for an intern who would like to intern in Real Estate and along came Ms. Hammer and lemme tell you, I am one happy 106 year old guy!

   Techy savvy, smart as the proverbial whip, energetic and ambitious and has wanted to be in Real Estate since she was 6…yep, six. And she wants to morph into a RE/MAX Advanced Broker…oh thanks to the Universe that placed me here @ RE/MAX Advanced, directed me to the Docs (Physicians…not legal pieces of paper) that have taken care of me for the near past and have gotten me to the place where I am in “forced remission” (ask me), can see without glasses, have eliminated the mystery pain in the balls of my feet and will Monday next do the carpal tunnel surgery on my right hand.

Wow, when I think about it I’ve changed as have my circumstances almost as much as the Real Estate industry has.

I be one fortunate 106 year old.

Ever since I declared myself back to work…mostly to myself…I’ve been discovering that a lot of what I did pre-cancer worked just fine, some of it needed to be tweaked. some of it needed revamping and some of it just needed to go adios.

Just thinking that I could get by on “yesterdays” technology was not gonna work. I’m still trying to learn Social Media…It’s painfully obvious that somewhere north of 50% of Social Media people are using it as a socially accepted method of self-obsession and trying to utilize it effectively without getting lost in a myriad of Posts and Tweets about stuff that really only probably the sender and a few others might care about is a challenge. Am I handing down an indictment about such? No, it has a place I suppose. There may be those who will spend the time sorting through hundreds of pictures, most of which are in focus, accepting that human face to face, eyeball to eyeball contact is a dying method of communication.

I’m thinking and hoping that Social Media can be used to communicate pertinent business information amongst he many and the few. Maybe I’m wrong, which of course be the first time ever, but a some wise ol’ sage said at one time or another, “”Time will tell.”`

One of the things that did work which continues to work is to find out who’s good at what they do and tet ’em do it.

Gettin’ back to that technology thing, I’ve got this website, http://www.LivingIndoors.com that allows me to embed {tech word!…although I’m not using it properly but that’s all part of Tippettspeak} my own stuff in it and I’m just ’bout there with my list of People, Places and Things that I really like, approve of, use and covertly (?) recommend.

It includes lenders, inspectors, people and companies who provide and/or repair, restaurants, jewelers, haberdashers, and…and…and.

So, keep checking back for that, if nothing else?

I’ve also re-realized that the lending world is best a place that I watch and read about but the practice is better left to those local practitioners.

A couple of my ol’ lenders are still practicing ut I’ve run across one or two that I ‘ll include.

The foreclosure and short sale market is slowing down and last I heard are no longer responsible for over 50% of the transactions. That’s a good thing. I’ll still tackle them but there are a few caveats. Wanna know what they are? Get a hold of me.

Gettin’ late.

Later…or earlier!

…is that the Real Estate “business” has changed elephantly.

Not only is the market different, but the methodology of practicing my chosen profession has changed also.

Although Northern Colorado per se was minorly insulated from the real estate debacle/crash that began in 2008 and avalanched the entire country into a recession…yes, I’ll use that word even though many pundits do not like that word preferring to soft soap the times with “recession”, we had no choice but to ride the tide but we held on to some sort of life line that kept us from free-falling like so many markets in the U.S. did.

But, ne’er the less there was an impact and I find myself trying to catch up with the times and having to relearn and learn things as if I was a rookie Realtor.

Much of the technology has changed or is new.

Our MLS (Multiple Listing Service) system which along with the NAR (National Association of Realtors) and the FCBR (Fort Collins Board of Realtors) most certainly are the skeletal system of what I/we do and their presentations of what they offer has changed along with the content.

I had expected the contracts (i.e. all forms) to change as they have changed regularly and irregularly since I began my Real Estate career so many decades (gulp…since 1976) ago. We’ve gone from handwritten fill in the blank forms using carbon paper to NCR (No Carbon Required) forms which boldly used colored copies of white, green, pink and yellow so that we had to run out and buy White-Out, Green-Out, Pink-Out and Yellow-Out to computer 3.5 Floppy Disc drives which had to be replaced often to forms that are now promulgated by the REC (Real Estate Commission) that are online and available through our MLS, IRES (I-something Real Estate Systems).

The caliber of Real Estate Brokers (We are now officially Brokers rather than “Agents”) has bettered itself as during these troubled times many dropped out of the business either through our natural attentions or because unless you had a base or “sphere of influence” from which to cultivate referrals you had a difficult if not impossible task of sourcing your business.

That is my main hurdle right now … recreating my source of business.

I have opted to become a pure Buyer Broker where I will work exclusively with Buyers as opposed to trying to serve two masters, the Buyer(s) and the Seller(s). There are many Brokers who can successfully do that and my hat is off to them because if there were no properly listed properties I would not have a product to sell!

To be, ugh, brutally honest this cancer thing was/is extremely financially draining and for the time being retirement is nothing more than a rumor as is just day-to-day living. Fortunately I’m good at what I do and I just need folks to work with.

Although my emphasis is on Buyers that does not mean I shan’t assist Sellers. After being in business as long as I have (36 years or thereabout), having been with RE/MAX Advanced as long as I have (18 years or thereabout) I know who in this business is good at what they do and can…and do…recommend Brokers who cn list properties well and can match up a property with a Broker who will do an exemplary job in listing and marketing with me now free to do Open Houses for that Broker/Listee and concentrate on finding a Buyer.

Theoretically that should all work well and as I have lived a lot of my life in the past 25 years or so on theory/faith I’m confident that I have made he right decision and am looking forward to assisting folk that I know and folk that I have yet to meet achieve home ownership which still is, indeed, the American Dream…

You know, that is soooooo rewarding that I get to do that!

Nevermore since I came with my slogan, “Helping People Live Indoors” have I felt so good and so honored to be able to do just that.

I have gained access to Lenders, Inspectors, Title Companies al who share my passion and we match up well.

It feels good to have the processes in place, now I just need some “processees” to work with!

Because I don’t personally believe in refrigerator magnets or zillions of post cards to build my business I am left, fortunately, with an existing sphere from which I not only expect referrals to buy from me but who will also refer me to people who know people who can refer people to me.

As I write, I am on the deck of my brother’s house overlooking the Willamette River just outside of Portland, Oregon and although this may sound corny…I feel blessed that I have the opportunity to rebuild so many things… my life, my business, my sphere and the list could, and does go on and on.

Life is good and it is precious.

I know.

You know, the hows & whys we got into this national economic debacle really don’t matter…well, they do if’n the powers that be can learn from our current situation.

It’s really tooooooo bad that our Governmental Triumvirate can’t do the Rodney King, God rest his soul, thing of “Can’t we just all get along?”

Our “mess” started prior to the election of our current President who, despite (maybe) one’s beliefs has tried to pass legislation promoting jobs and fiscal well-being but has been thwarted at virtually every step by A Congress who, by their own words has vowed to make him a “one-term President”.

I really don’t wanna go there because I’ll just get all riled up, but we here in Northern Colorado have been somewhat insulated from the Real Estate crisis that has clouded the American Dream of Home Ownership nationally. As I sit here in my office doing “floor time”, meaning it’s my turn in the tub to be here to respond to phone calls and walk-in traffic, I’m realizing that I am in a small part of the country that has weathered the economic storm for the most part and am embroiled in a Real Estate market that has an over abundance of Buyers and a lack of affordable, i.e. priced right inventory marked by multiple offers on properties winding up sometimes in bidding wars which if not reined in result in offers to purchase that are well over appraised values bringing about a whole new set of problems.

I had an EZ deal once, it was back in August of 1976.

After returning from a 2+ year hiatus, I’m finding that it is harder to save people “time, trouble and an unnecessary loss of money”, but having been through a couple of Up and Down Real Estate cycles I’m able to pull from past experiences and continue to that which has been my mantra for many years.

How’s ’bout that!

I have a slogan,  “Helping People Live Indoors”  and a mantra, “Saving people time, trouble and an unecessary loss of money.”

My floor time is about up so I need to make some preparation for going out into the world and sloganing and mantra-ing.

You know, after a little over two years of dealing with this cancer stuff, I’m finally back at work, doin’ what I do best…Helping People Live Indoors!

Whilst I was “sick”, I started a blog http://petesnewadventure.blogspot.com and as I got to feeling better I sorta dropped the ball but I’m going to get back into making quasi regular posts…and on that blog, if you are so inclined to peruse it, I’m going to put on the About Pete page on this website. It’ll be mostly just continued markings on my journey from diagnosis through treatment and interspersed with some personal stuff, too.

This blog https://petesrealestatemusings.wordpress.com will be devoted to my observations, opinions, fact-stuff, rumor-stuff and other stuff regarding the aspects and nuances of the Real Estate Market in Northern Colorado and related Real Estate stuff. I hope you’ll check in once in a while and if so inclined leave a comment.

My  2+ year hiatus came at sorta the right time as the Real Estate market was tanking, but seems I’ve come back when there is a flurry of activity, inventory is down…but not out… , multiple offers are common as are short sales and foreclosure sales.

Fortunately I find myself here to RE/MAX Advanced with  a plethora of experienced Brokers who  guide me through that which has changed in the past couple of years…and there’s been a bunch. From the Multiple Listing System (MLS), revised contracts, new forms, the short sale and foreclosure sales processii (Tippettspeak for multiple processes).

But it’s fun. I actually really enjoy my vocation and circumstances as they are I’m gonna be doing it until I’m not…I’ll follow the path of my friend Jim Wenger who sold Real Estate until he was in his 80s!

So bear with me as I learn the ins and outs of blogging, will you please?

Thanks.